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The Fact of a Body

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography 2018

by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

"Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —The New York Times

“A True Crime Masterpiece” – Vogue

Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far

Real...


Hunger

Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Non-Fiction 2018

by Roxane Gay

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

“I ate and ate and ate...


Nine Continents

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2017

by Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice. Her vivid, poignant memoir, Nine Continents is the story of a curious mind coming...


In the Darkroom

Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction 2016

by Susan Faludi

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom...


The Iceberg: A Memoir

Wellcome Book Prize 2015

by Marion Coutts

Winner of the Wellcome Prize

A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award

“A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion...an...


The Argonauts

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2015

by Maggie Nelson

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...


Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2013

by Dan Zevin

A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either,...


Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2013, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2012

by John Connolly & Declan Burke

The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more.

In the most...


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


Waiting for Snow in Havana

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2003

by Carlos Eire

“Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro’s revolution....


Seldom Disappointed

Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2001

by Tony Hillerman

When Tony Hillerman looks back at seventy-six years spent getting from hardtimes farm boy to bestselling author, he sees lots of evidence that Providence was poking him along. For example, when an absentminded...